Sarcastic wrote: mikey287 wrote: Sarcastic wrote:
mikey287 wrote:Chicago and Minnesota wasn't a hard hitting affair either. Chicago is a little more of a finesse team and Detroit hasn't really ever been "nasty" in my lifetime...both teams want to possess the puck, neither team is really geared up for war. There are some rabblerousers in their ranks, but this isn't going to be an awesome, no-holds-barred monster truck rally like Los Angeles and St. Louis was.
It did look like some feeling out was going on early, which is normal, but unless something sparks it, both teams will be content to play a more finesse style...
Mikey. Pens vs Hawks. How do you see that turning out, if both teams get there. A little analysis.
I discussed it a little bit here if I can be so lazy to link it: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=60373&p=2385194&#p2385194
So you think they're basically a more skilled version of the Islanders? Can we crush them physically?
That's taking them lightly I think. The Blackhawks are the class of a better conference. They can adapt to lots of things because of their skill and their skating, but they're quietly tough. We all know Seabrook is rather ornery, but Keith can really fend for himself like Drew Doughty, even Niklas Hjalmarsson despite being razor thin, picks his spots really well and can absorb a lot of physicality without being rattled. Then you have guys like Bickell, Bolland will go through a wall, Sharp and Toews are no pushovers either.
Should we have a physical advantage though? Yes, I would think so. We have guys that can really batten down the hatches, Iginla (if he feels like it), Morrow, our grinders, Kennedy is playing like a wrecking ball (relative to his size, which I guess is more like a superball, but in any event...). Our backline will lose physicality because Engelland absolutely can't play in that series (nor should he play in any playoff series, of course, but whatever...). Like the Islanders though, I would suggest the same thing, get pucks below the icing line and do some damage to the guys that have a little more trouble withstanding it. Don't sit back and try to slow speed down, you'll lose (see: Islanders series). Speed is less effective when it has to go 200 feet.
The toughest thing with Chicago is getting the puck away from them. We'll have to pry it from their cold, dead hands to have a chance. The series will be decided on who gets more quality touches. Like I said, the teams are too skilled for one to survive on the defensive for too long.